So one of the Admin's on a photography forum I am a member of decided to post a comment about this topic. In turn it received many comments from members of the group. The comments were so varied and it started a debate off! A debate I was quite involved with, as I quite like a good old debate!
So constructive Criticism what is it? And why is it so important to a photographer?
The general definition is simple: Constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involving both positive and negative comments, in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one.
The reason it is important to a photographer, is so that we can learn, develop & see our photography from different perspectives.
Digital photography has changed the way we photographer's take photos. Many of us now shoot RAW and this involves post processing. The information we can retrieve from a RAW image is huge & this means people can create very varied different overall images from the original negative RAW file.
As photography is a art and we all have different "visual loves" it's very hard for a photograph to be loved by everybody.
We can however see if a photograph is technically right. What I mean by this is, composition, light, shadows, highlights, horizon lines, dust spots etc. We can also offer our own advice on these subjects, for example: Have you tried B&W on this image, I think a lens flare would be a lovely add, how about a vintage filter? You may also notice a part of the image that draws your attention away from the main focus, the photographer may not have even picked up on this, after spending such a long time starring at the main focus of the image.
The point I am trying to make is that no photographer should take this advice to heart. It is just someone else's opinion on the image and if you choose to post an image on a CC forum, expect CC on that image. Also as long as comments are constructive and not just down right nasty, for example: "That's Awful", "I hate HDR", then take the criticism on board and thank the person for taking the time to look at your image and comment on it. I seem to find more and more people "Like" the likes and diss "The Criticism". And then you have to ask yourself, what is the point in offering the CC in the first place, if the photographer is going to have that kind of attitude towards you!?!
So please next time someone CC's a photo you have taken. Think before you react. And wonder why is this person commenting on my photo & you might just realise it's because they care!
Love Photography & Love the criticism